The Little Epicurean

Sep 19 2014

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts | The Little Epicurean

Coffee and doughnuts.  They’re just made for each other like… macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, biscuits and gravy, and all the other great couples of the food world.

How about we combine coffee and doughnuts into one awesome treat?  YES, please!

You can have it all with these coffee custard filled doughnuts.  It’s like having your cake and eating it, too.   (I still don’t really get what that means, but I love saying it.)

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts | the little epicurean

I love pastry cream.  It is so versatile, it can be easily flavored and infused with spices, and most of all, it’s super quick to make.  It’s used to fill eclairs (like my chocolate glazed eclairs), it makes banana cream tarts wonderfully delicious and it provides just the right amount of sweetness to crepe cake (gateau de crepes).

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts | the little epicurean

Coffee Custard Filled Doughnuts | the little epicurean

Doughnuts are fairly simple to make.  I’d say the most difficult part is getting used to frying.  The hot oil can be quite intimidating.  If you’re not ready for filled doughnuts, I have plenty of other options for you: buttermilk doughnuts, frosted cake doughnuts, or chocolate chocolate peanut doughnuts.  And if the idea of hot oil makes you queasy, here’s some of my favorite (healthier) baked donuts: pumpkin donuts, chocolate hazelnut crunch donuts, and cinnamon sugar donuts.

I find doughnut making very relaxing and calming.  Sometimes I’m convinced I should just open up a doughnut shop and live happily ever after.  But the thought of waking up at the crack of dawn to make doughnuts doesn’t sound very appealing.  Perhaps a doughnut bar… a cool trendy bar that serves warm doughnuts to accompany handcrafted cocktails.  Who knows, maybe cocktail and doughnuts will be even more popular than coffee and doughnuts?

Sep 17 2014

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Wedges

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Wedges

I’m going to stop complaining about the heat in California because… I just arrived in New York City this morning! So long flip flops and tank tops.  This week I get to wear pants, cardigans and real shoes! It has been four years since the last time I visited NYC (way before I even had

Sep 15 2014

Maple Bacon Popcorn Cones

Maple Bacon Popcorn Cones

What is with this extreme heat wave in the middle of September?  It was over 100 degrees in many parts of Southern California this weekend.  I was in Ojai to attend a wedding and the high on Sunday was 106.  It’s not fair.  Other parts of the United States have cooled down to the 70s.

Sep 12 2014

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

A couple of summers ago, Alex and I went to Portland, Oregon.  It was a magical week of nonstop eating and drinking (that’s how we vacation).   During this trip, Alex became obsessed with calling hazelnuts filberts.  To this day, he can’t say the word filbert without smiling or looking at me because he knows

Sep 10 2014

Cheddar Bacon Twice Baked Potato

Cheddar Bacon Twice Baked Potato

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go awry? Earlier this week, I accidentally washed a brand new bright red shirt with a bunch of light colored clothing.  I don’t need to explain what happened there.  Then, I forgot that I had a pitcher of cold brew coffee that was supposed to

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